ICIMOD staff receive prestigious award from the President of Nepal

On the occasion of Nepal’s National Education Day and International Literacy Day, Dr Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal, conferred the ‘A’ level Nepal Vidhya Bhusan Award to Nepali PhD holders from national and international universities who have shown outstanding performance in the academic sector. Two ICIMOD staff members were among the 129 honoured with the award on 8 September 2012. Dr Mandira Shrestha, Water Resources Specialist, completed her PhD from Kyoto University in Japan in 2011 with a dissertation entitled ‘Bias adjustment of satellite-based rainfall estimates over the central Himalayas of Nepal for flood prediction’. Similarly, Dr Manohara Khadka, Gender Specialist, completed her PhD in 2009 from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, the Netherlands, with a dissertation entitled ‘Why does exclusion continue? Aid, knowledge, and power in Nepal’s community forestry policy process’. The ICIMOD family congratulates them for this outstanding achievement.